"Gone"

STANDARD DISCLAIMER: Not mine! Um, well, actually these particular characters are mine, but Doctor Who and its concepts are not. Oh yeah, and no money.

ADDITIONAL: As of February 27, 2004, the content of Chapters 48-52 and Chapter 55 has been changed.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Some of you may recognize the irrepressible Time Lord Zeta and his girlfriend, the American supermodel Nikki Benson from my other fics. Zeta's a bit subdued in this one, though, for obvious reasons.

The lovely young brunette entered the console room. Zeta was peering at a monitor.

"I hope Miryam likes the dress we bought her at Macy's." His head came up.

"It's gone," he said in disbelief.

"What's gone?"

"Gallifrey."

"Planets don't just vanish!" Nikki looked uncertain. "Do they?"

"No." He raked a hand through his shiny black hair. "We've lost our link to the Eye of Harmony."

"Bad?"

"Very."

"Oh God your family"

"Gone. They're all ­ " His voice broke; his green eyes sparkled. She put a hand on his arm.

"I'm sorry." He nodded. "What'll we do?"

"I don't know."

CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 2, "Alien"